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Clearwater Valley News: Witches Brew offers organic coffee

Free Press / Norma Staaf
Julie Wells is the owner of “Witches Brew” in Kooskia.

Free Press / Norma Staaf Julie Wells is the owner of “Witches Brew” in Kooskia.


Norma Staaf 208-993-0689

I stopped at the new Witches Brew Coffee and Tea Shop in Kooskia last week and had a great cup of organic coffee with Julie Wells, the owner. (see photo). It is a small, simple, brightly colored space intended to complement the massage, yoga, meditation, book groups and other activities that she offers at Rose Wellness Center. Rose Wellness is also the Kooskia distributor for Hedra News, a free monthly journal for alternative health care, healthy living and spiritual growth. You’ll find Witches Brew and Rose Wellness one block off Main Street; just turn at the Conoco Station and you will see it straight ahead.

Good news for the future of Elk City Wagon Road! The Friends of the Elk City Wagon Road have been working in partnership with staff at the Nez Perce Clearwater National Forest to plan for maintenance on the route so more people can enjoy it. (We drove our pickup on it last summer and can attest, the surface is rough!) The Forest has allocated some special funding to start working on the road work later this summer (after Wagon Road days). This will be the first phase of a multi-year effort to improve drainage and driveability while maintaining the historic character of the road.

The maintenance work will begin near the Clearwater community and progress toward Elk City. This road, constructed in 1895, roughly followed the route of the Southern Nez Perce Trail. It was the main route to Elk city until the road up the South Fork was complete in 1932. It includes interesting interpretive stops at historic sites along the way. The Elk City Wagon Road committee is making plans for their annual celebration in late July. Call Susanne Smith, president of the Wagon Road Group at 926-4278.

Also in Clearwater, on the first and third Wednesdays, April 5 and April 19 this month, the hot lunches continue at the Clearwater Meal Center at the Clearwater Baptist Church. A homemade, hot lunch is served at noon and is open to anyone. There are some local regulars who come most of the time, and people have come from Grangeville and Kamiah. The lunch is open to people of all ages. I haven’t been to Clearwater since Groundhog Day, but I imagine it is pretty and green this spring. The volunteers appreciate a donation of $5 per lunch to offset costs. Call Bill Grady at 926-7776.


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